ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER Variations LP. with Colosseum II. Gary Moore, Don Airey, Rod Argent etc..
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER with Julien Lloyd Webber, Don Airey, Rod Argent, Jon Hiseman, John Mole, Gary Moore and Barbara Thomson.
STEREO VINYL LP 1978
MCA RECORDS MCF 2824
The sleeve is in excellent condition with no edgewear, marks or creases.
The original inner sleeve with pictures and credits is in excellent condition.
The vinyl is excellent condition with a no marks and a nice shine. It plays really well.
Variations is a Classical/Rock fusion album by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber and younger brother Julian Lloyd Webber were always very close, but their two different careers (a rock musical composer and a classical cellist) meant that a collaboration seemed unlikely. It wasn’t until Julian beat his brother in a bet on a Leyton Orient football match that Andrew was forced to write his cello work.
As his subject, Andrew chose the theme of Paganinis 24th caprice and added 23 variations for cello and rock band. The work premiered at the 1977 Sydmonton Festival with rock band Colosseum II, featuring Gary Moore, Jon Hiseman and Don Airey being joined by Barbara Thompson (Sax, Flute), Rod Argent, (Piano, Synthesizer, Keyboards) and Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello). It was subsequently rearranged and recorded in 1978. It reached number 2 in the album charts.
The cover is based on the painting Frederick, Prince of Wales, and his sisters by Philip Mercier.
The work was used in Song and Dance and David Cullen made an arrangement of the work for cello and orchestra. The opening and closing variations have been rewritten for cello and piano, the latter of which Julian often uses as an encore, due to its amusing glissando down to Bottom A (forcing a mid piece retune) to conclude.
The opening theme is used as the theme to The South Bank Show and Variation 5 became Unexpected Song with lyrics by Don Black. Variation 18 is an instrumental version of the title song from the first Rice/Webber musical The Likes of Us.
Andrew Lloyd Webber ? Variations
Label: MCA Records ? MCF 2824, MCA Records ? OC 062-60 397
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Modern Classical, Symphonic Rock
A2 Theme (Paganini Caprice In A Minor No. 24) And Variations 1-4
A3 Variations 5 And 6
A4 Variation 7
A5 Variation 8
A6 Variation 9
A7 Variation 10
A8 Variations 11-15 (Including The Tributes)
B1 Variation 16
B2 Variations 13-14 Varied
B3 Variation 17
B4 Variation 18
B5 Variations 19, 20 And 5 Varied
B6 Variations 21 And 22
B7 Variation 23
Phonographic Copyright (p) MCA Records, Inc.
Distributed By CBS Records
Bass John Mole
Cello Julian Lloyd Webber
Composed By, Producer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Drums, Percussion Jon Hiseman
Guitar Gary Moore
Keyboards Don Airey, Rod Argent
Mastered By Porky (5)
Wind [Wind Instruments] Barbara Thompson
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Stamped, Side A): MCF 2824 A-1U
Matrix / Runout (Etched, Side A): A PORKY PRIME CUT
Matrix / Runout (Stamped, Side B): MCF 2824 B-2U